Softball Travels to Indiana State for Adjusted Series

first_img Game 1 ESPN3 TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – The Drake University softball team continues Missouri Valley Conference play this weekend with a three-game series at Indiana State. Due to expected inclement weather, Drake is set to open play in Terre Haute Friday with a 1 p.m. doubleheader before closing out action Saturday with an 11 a.m. game. Friday’s doubleheader will be broadcast on The Valley on ESPN3. Story Links Sarah Maddox (Henderson, Nev.) continued her strong sophomore campaign against Evansville. Maddox batted .429 (3-for-7) with one stolen base, two runs, two runs batted in and three walks. For the season, she is second in hitting at .333, tied for second in home runs with two and leads the team in RBI with 17. Game 2 ESPN3 Nicole Newman (Madison, Wis.) and Kailee Smith (Murrieta, Calif.) have teamed up nicely in the circle with Timmons as all three of Drake’s pitchers rank in the top-four of ERA in the Valley. The Bulldogs pitching trio also ranks ninth in the country with a combined 1.23 ERA. Newman leads the conference with a 0.86 ERA and has struck out 91 batters in just 57.0 innings pitched.center_img Live Stats Drake (19-9, 3-0 MVC) made it through its first weekend of conference play unscathed with a series sweep over Evansville last weekend winning by scores of 3-0, 6-3, 3-0. Freshman Nicole Timmons (Davenport, Iowa) went 2-0 with an 0.81 earned run average and nine strikeouts in 8.2 innings of work. Timmons allowed just two runs (one earned) on six hits with four walks and five strikeouts in her only start of the weekend. She followed that with an outstanding relief appearance Sunday in the series finale. She allowed just two hits with four strikeouts and worked around three walks. In her first season, Timmons holds a 7-4 record with a 1.46 ERA and 84 strikeouts, both totals rank fourth in the MVC. Indiana State (15-10, 3-0 MVC) swept Valparaiso last weekend for its three-game conference sweep. The Sycamores have registered a 3-0 Valley record for the first time in school history. Indiana State’s Della Gher is tied with Smith to lead the conference in saves with five, a mark that ranks second in the nation. Gher’s mark ties her single season school record set last year. At the plate, Leslie Sims led Indiana State with a 9-for-16 (.556) performance against the Crusaders.          Following the Indiana State series, Drake will travel to face in-state foe Iowa March 28 at 5 p.m. before the Bulldogs’ home opener March 30-31 against Bradley.Print Friendly Versionlast_img

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